The link between carotid artery disease and ischemic stroke may be partially attributable to autonomic dysfunction and failure of cerebrovascular autoregulation triggered by Darwinian maladaptation of the carotid baroreceptors and chemoreceptors.

@article{Doux2006TheLB,
  title={The link between carotid artery disease and ischemic stroke may be partially attributable to autonomic dysfunction and failure of cerebrovascular autoregulation triggered by Darwinian maladaptation of the carotid baroreceptors and chemoreceptors.},
  author={John D Doux and Anthony J Yun},
  journal={Medical hypotheses},
  year={2006},
  volume={66 1},
  pages={
          176-81
        }
}
Carotid artery stenosis is generally thought to induce stroke by either compromising cerebral perfusion or inciting embolic phenomena. Carotid baroreceptors and chemoreceptors are vital adaptations for cerebrovascular autoregulation that can behave mal-adaptively in the setting of modern diseases such as atherosclerosis. We hypothesize that acute cerebrovascular events may be partially attributable to autonomic dysfunction and cerebrovascular autoregulatory failure secondary to carotid sensor… CONTINUE READING
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